Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Inglewood News

From: electjudy@aol.com [mailto:electjudy@aol.com]

Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 1:38 PM

To: Council Office District2

Subject: Loss of District Two Fire Station

An Important Message to District Two Residents:
As you may recall from our District Two Town Hall Meeting held on October 7th (or mailed notice if you were unable to attend), the City Council majority was considering closing the Fire Station in District Two to save money. The plan is to close down the station, eliminate the engine company and to relocate the Paramedic squad to the Fire Station on Regent.

If you have not already done so, please consider expressing your opinion on this matter to City Administrator Mark Weinberg and members of the City Council as soon as possible: mweinberg@cityofinglewood.org, dtabor@cityofinglewood.org, emorales@cityofinglewood.org, rfranklin@cityofinglewood.org.

For those of you who have already done this... I say, "THANK YOU!"

Councilwoman Judy Dunlap
Office: 310 412-8601

Swastika-Shaving Case To Be First Test Of New Hate Crimes Law Named For Matthew Shepard

Swastika-Shaving Case To Be First Test Of New Hate Crimes Law Named For Matthew Shepard

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Three friends had just finished their shifts at a McDonald's when prosecutors say they carried out a gruesome attack on a customer: They allegedly shaped a coat hanger into a swastika, placed it on a heated stove and branded the symbol on the arm of the mentally disabled Navajo man.

Authorities say they then shaved a swastika on the back of the 22-year-old victim's head and used markers to scrawl messages and images on his body, including "KKK," `'White Power," a pentagram and a graphic image of a penis.

The men have become the first in the nation to be charged under a new law that makes it easier for the federal government to prosecute people for hate crimes.

The case also marked the latest troubling race-related attack in this New Mexico community, prompting a renewed focus among local leaders on improving relations between Navajos and whites.

Wiki Leaks Reveals Nicknames of World Leaders

Leaks offer less-than-flattering look at some world leaders - CNN.com

Leaks offer less-than-flattering look at some world leaders - CNN.com

"Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah proposed to U.S. officials that a Bluetooth-like device be implanted in Guantanamo detainees."

"A glimpse into Libyan leader [Moammar Gadhafi's] eccentricities," there is an extensive discussion of his "various proclivities and phobias" and his almost obsessive reliance on his nurse, a woman described as a "voluptuous blonde."

Also among his quirks: Gadhafi's dislike of flying long distances, his fear of flying over water and his need to stay on the first floor of any building.

Of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, one cable gave this open assessment: "An activist on the international scene, with an opportunistic eye for grabbing attention and credit, Sarkozy will remain a challenging partner despite his desire to improve the bilateral relationship."

On Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his relationship with Russia: The Italian leader "appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin," according to a report from the New York Times

Regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "When cornered, Merkel can be tenacious but is risk-averse and rarely creative. This suggests she will remain a very circumspect ally until the election."

Hoekstra on Wikileaks: 'Across the Board Neglect' - WSJ.com

Hoekstra on Wikileaks: 'Across the Board Neglect' - WSJ.com

One lesson from 9/11 is that government agencies needed to share more critical information with one another. But the Wikileaks scandal shows that some lessons can be overlearned.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, says the Pentagon should never have created a system which allowed so much information to be stored in one place and then pilfered. Private First Class Bradley Manning reportedly stumbled onto the trove of documents released by Wikileaks while on duty in Iraq. He then transferred them to a computer memory stick by staying late after work.

Apparently, the Pentagon now realizes that there has been a massive failure in security. Defense officials have moved to curtail access to Pentagon classified computers, in part by disabling their ability to transfer data to disks or memory sticks. Use of classified computers will now be monitored for suspicious behavior.

Rep. Hoekstra welcomes the new measures but insists that hearings on the intelligence failures that led to them be held. "I fear this is an indication of across the board neglect by government in preparing for the new cyber security threats of the 21st Century,"

How to brand a disease -- and sell a cure - CNN.com

How to brand a disease -- and sell a cure - CNN.com

If you want to understand the way prescription drugs are marketed today, have a look at the 1928 book, "Propaganda," by Edward Bernays, the father of public relations in America.

For Bernays, the public relations business was less about selling things than about creating the conditions for things to sell themselves. When Bernays was working as a salesman for Mozart pianos, for example, he did not simply place advertisements for pianos in newspapers. That would have been too obvious.

Instead, Bernays persuaded reporters to write about a new trend: Sophisticated people were putting aside a special room in the home for playing music. Once a person had a music room, Bernays believed, he would naturally think of buying a piano. As Bernays wrote, "It will come to him as his own idea."

Just as Bernays sold pianos by selling the music room, pharmaceutical marketers now sell drugs by selling the diseases that they treat. The buzzword is "disease branding."

Once a branded disease has achieved a degree of cultural legitimacy, there is no need to convince anyone that a drug to treat it is necessary. It will come to him as his own idea.

click on link for full story

Monday, November 29, 2010

Inmates Eat For 8 Cents On Thanksgiving - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix

Inmates Eat For 8 Cents On Thanksgiving - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a special Thanksgiving meal planned for his inmates.
This year they will receive sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, carrots and a roll with butter. For dessert each inmate will get a doughnut.

Arpaio said the cost equals to 8 cents an inmate.

"I don't know how my staff does it every year, but they work hard to get food donated. It isn't easy. In an economy like this, there's a lot of competition for donated food," said Arpaio.

Normally the average meal cost around 35 cents.

The sheriff serves only two meals a day, a brunch meal and one hot meal in the evening.

How To Help Your Local Food Bank

How To Help Your Local Food Bank

As unemployment benefits run out for millions of Americans, food banks across the nation are preparing to see more and more families and individuals turning to them for help.

To lend a hand, Americans can get involved with their local food bank to support and enhance these resources which are so vital to struggling, unemployed and hungry members of the community.

You can find your nearest food bank through the Feeding America website. Feeding America is a nation's largest hunger relief organization, connecting community food pantries in every state.

How To Help:

Drop off food items at your food bank. Most pantries will always accept extra nonperishable items such as canned foods and dried pastas at any time -- but call ahead to be sure!

Organize a community food drive. You can rally your neighbors to donate extra food from their cupboards or set up a collection station at your school, church, gym or any other community center. Feeding America offers tips and instructions about food drives.

You can also volunteer your time working at the food bank. By collecting donations, stocking shelves and passing out food items to the needy, you will help the organization serve the community efficiently. Find more information on volunteering online.

Chamber Of Commerce's Lobbying To Extend Bush Tax Cuts Would Reap Millions For Wealthy Backers

Chamber Of Commerce's Lobbying To Extend Bush Tax Cuts Would Reap Millions For Wealthy Backers

WASHINGTON -- The labor-backed advocacy group U.S. Chamber Watch is taking aim at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a new report, arguing that the industry group's aggressive lobbying effort to extend the Bush tax cuts is less about creating jobs for businesses and more about lining the pockets of wealthy corporate CEOs who would personally gain from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

"Let's be clear: The US Chamber isn't fighting to extend the Bush tax cuts because it helps small businesses (it doesn't) or the vast majority of its members (nope); it merely helps Chamber CEOs like Rupert Murdoch, JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and Wellpoint's Angela Braly who sleep easier knowing they'll be able to afford that extra private jet," said Chamber Watch spokesperson Christy Setzer. "The US Chamber has thrown its Main Street members under the bus to protect the wallets of its wealthiest CEOs."

A few CEOs have been coming out and publicly arguing against extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, with billionaire Warren Buffett recently saying that people like him should be paying much more in taxes.

Senators show that politics, not policy, is holding up START treaty - CNN

Senators show that politics, not policy, is holding up START treaty - CNN

The Republican senator who opposes ratification this year of a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia made clear Sunday that politics, not policy, is the main issue.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that the Senate won't have enough time in December's "lame-duck" session to properly consider the so-called START treaty with Russia.
According to Kyl, the problem is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, wants to bring up too many other issues in the lame-duck session before a new Congress convenes in January with a stronger

In particular, Kyl said Reid intends for the Senate to also consider a major immigration bill (the DREAM Act), a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, and a measure to make it easier for police and firefighters to form unions -- all of which are opposed by the Republican leadership.

At the same time, the Senate also must take up pressing issues such as Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, and funding the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, Kyl noted.

"You can't do everything," said Kyl, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. "How can Harry Reid do everything we talked about and still have time to discuss the START treaty?"

Lawmakers must deal with budget, taxes and jobless benefits - Nov. 28, 2010

Lawmakers must deal with budget, taxes and jobless benefits - Nov. 28, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The lame-duck Congress returns on Monday to a daunting agenda of economic issues. And lawmakers will try to accomplish in a few weeks what has eluded them all year.

Here's their To Do list:

Medicare payments to doctors: The House on Monday is set to take up a measure delaying a 23% cut in federal reimbursements to doctors by one month.

The Medicare payment reduction is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday if lawmakers don't act. Physicians have threatened to drop Medicare patients if their rates are slashed.

Bush tax cuts: On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to tackle the extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Unemployment benefits: It looks increasingly likely that hundreds of thousands of people will start running out of extended unemployment benefits this week.

Deficit commission: President Obama's fiscal commission is scheduled to issue a report on how to reduce the nation's long-term on Dec. 1.

Fiscal 2011 budget: Lawmakers are already two months late in enacting the fiscal 2011 budget, though they passed a temporary spending plan that expires on Friday.

Congress could finally pass a full-year budget, but that's a long shot. It's more likely that lawmakers will approve another so-called continuing resolution, which maintains funding for federal operations at 2010 levels. The big question is how long the Band-Aid will last.

Justices turn aside another challenge over Obama's citizenship - CNN.com

Justices turn aside another challenge over Obama's citizenship - CNN.com

The Supreme Court has again cast aside an appeal that raised doubts about President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a grass-roots legal issue that has gained little legal or political footing, but continues to persist in the courts.

The justices without comment Monday rejected a challenge from Charles Kerchner Jr., a Pennsylvania man who sought a trial in federal court forcing the president to produce documents regarding his birth and citizenship.

Kerchner's attorney, Mario Apuzzo, had argued in a petition with the Supreme Court that Obama did not fit the definition of a "natural-born citizen" required for the nation's highest office, as defined by Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution.

That clause states, "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

Kerchner, a retired military officer who describes himself on his website as a "genetic genealogy pioneer," argues the framers of the 1789 document intended a "natural-born" citizen to mean someone born in the U.S. to parents who were both American citizens.

The ignorance that dominates 2010....what a year !

RIP "Airplane!" & "The Naked Gun" Tribute

Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known as the star of the comedy “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” franchise, has died. The Canadian native was 84. His death was confirmed by his nephew Doug Nielsen, who told the Canadian radio station CJOB he passed away in a Ft. Lauderdale hospital on Sunday from complications of pneumonia. (Nielsen’s agent later added that the actor had been hospitalized for the past two weeks.)

The New Republic: Obstruction Threatens Our Safety : NPR

The New Republic: Obstruction Threatens Our Safety : NPR

Can we govern ourselves in the next two years? Do Republicans have any interest in accomplishments that might even indirectly benefit President Obama?

These questions hang over last week's meeting between the president and congressional leaders, an encounter that could set the tone for the next two years.

Grounds for optimism are thin. The most striking aspect of Republican behavior since their party's electoral triumph is a haughty assumption that the voters rejected everything Obama represents and that he ought to capitulate on all fronts right now. Anyone who fails to see things this way just doesn't "get" it.

Presidential politics: GOP has sights set on White House, but who will run? - latimes.com

Presidential politics: GOP has sights set on White House, but who will run? - latimes.com

Republicans believe they're in the ideal political climate to defeat President Obama's bid for reelection. Now, if only they had the ideal candidate.

Though there is still more than a year to go before the Iowa caucuses in February 2012, no one has emerged who appears best-suited to the task of uniting the GOP's establishment and "tea party" camps, while also appealing to the independent voters crucial to a general election victory.

The top two unofficial contenders, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, carry enough baggage that others are likely to see an opening to jump into the race.Palin is the dominant GOP figure in the political conversation today and a favorite of the tea party movement. But she also faces stinging poll numbers that suggest a large majority of Americans have little faith in her ability to handle the job.

Students want the Dream Act to become reality - Los Angeles Times

Students want the Dream Act to become reality - Los Angeles Times

The student body president at Cal State Fresno. The drum major at UCLA. Student senators, class presidents, team captains and club officers at community colleges.

Scores of student leaders across California are illegal immigrants who came to this state as children.
With Congress expected to vote as early as this week on immigration reform that would give these students a pathway to legal status, a new generation of scholars who were raised in California but not born here are shedding their secrecy and speaking about their lives.

They have a sense of urgency. If the bill, known as the Dream Act, does not pass before a more conservative Congress takes power in January, it is unlikely to pass for years to come.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whole Foods Recalls Cheese - The Daily Beast

Whole Foods Recalls Cheese - The Daily Beast

Now that your Thanksgiving food hangover has subsided, here’s some decidedly unappetizing news: Whole Foods has joined in on a massive cheese recall. Yes, the food magnate has recalled seven types of cheddar cheese over the risk of listeria or E. coli, including Sage Cheddar, Silver Mountain Cheddar, Chipotle Cheddar, Premium Block Cheddar, Premium White Chunk Cheddar, Chipotle Chunk Cheddar, and White Black Wax Cheddar. The cheeses were sold in Whole Foods stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona, and are part of a factorywide recall announced by its manufacturer, Bravo Farms, after officials found listeria in its California plant.

Gov. Jan Brewer center of political debate on Facebook | The State Column

Gov. Jan Brewer center of political debate on Facebook The State Column

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is feeling the heat from a group on Facebook aimed at highlighting a string of policy decisions that will restrict residents from organ transplant operations.

A new Facebook page called “Arizonans Against Brewercare” is bringing attention to patients who won’t be able to get organ transplants because of cuts to the state’s Medicaid program.

State Democrats are taking aim at the governor, saying she is risking the health of residents. Earlier this year, state lawmakers voted to reduce funding for the state’s health care system.

Republicans are now reconsidering their support for the bill, saying they may have been shown a “incomplete” picture.

Arizona spends an estimate $1 to $2 million in operations for low-income residents. Democrats argue that Ms. Brewer can access federal funding provided by the stimulus in order to restore funding for the program.

Welcome to Arizona

MetroCenter Mall Passes on Sheriff's Posse

PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse hit the malls Friday to protect shoppers to and from the parking lots -- but one mall said 'thanks, but no thanks' this year.

MetroCenter Mall off I-17 and Peoria decided to pass on the sheriff's posse, but haven't said why. But some are speculating it has to do with Sheriff Arpaio's controversial policies, policies that have angered many people in the Hispanic community.

The sheriff's volunteer posse first started patrolling MetroCenter Mall during the holidays in 1993 -- a tradition that came to an end this year. In April, MetroCenter's mall got new ownership.
The sheriff says he's disappointed by the mall's refusal of the posse's help.

"Most people appreciated our presence," says Sheriff Joe.

Wall Street Excess Is Back: Hiring A Dwarf For A Bachelor Party, $40,000 Cell Phones

Wall Street Excess Is Back: Hiring A Dwarf For A Bachelor Party, $40,000 Cell Phones

Wall Street bankers hiring a dwarf for an over-the-top bachelor party in Miami. Nieman Marcus selling out its 100 limited-edition $75,000 Camaros in three minutes. Socialites dropping $40,000 on a custom cellphone at a jewelry store in Chicago. An investment analyst at Goldman Sachs who hired hip-hop queen Lil' Kim to perform for 1,000 guests at his annual Halloween party last month.

Though the unemployment rate remains near 10 percent with millions of Americans about to run out of their jobless benefits, one in five Americans are using food stamps to buy groceries and small businesses are being forced to slash their work forces to stay alive, Wall Street's top bankers and wealthy investors are spending to excess, indulging their every whim.

Consumer spending amounts to more than two-thirds of the American economy, so this return to frivolity at the top is-- at least in theory--supposed to trickle down to less fortunate areas of life. But trickle down is one of those phrases that has yet to break out of the conceptual realm.

Helping Your 'Good Old Dog' Navigate Aging : NPR

Helping Your 'Good Old Dog' Navigate Aging : NPR

As dogs age, taking care of them becomes more difficult. Owners of aging dogs often struggle with their pets' dementia and incontinence— as well as navigating through the maze of end-of-life care decisions.

Among the basic things owners need to know about raising older pets, Dodman says, is that older dogs are typically more sensitive to extreme temperature changes because of changes in their metabolism.

"They're really like older people," he explains. "Older people are often the ones who are the victims of these freezing bouts or extremes of heat. They're less able to thermoregulate. So we have to take account of that by making sure they have some kind of blanketlike coat or contraption on to keep them warm and not keep them out so long in cold weather. The same goes for heat.

Dodman also recommends moderating exercise for older dogs, because heart and lung function do deteriorate. And he warns owners who purchase dog food packaged specially as a "senior diet" for their pets.

Older dogs can also develop canine cognitive dysfunction, says Dodson, which is the human equivalent of Alzheimer's.

How to measure the age of your dog
"The smaller dogs live longer, and very large breeds live quite a short life span. So if you take an older dog, you might want to multiply by 8 or so to come up with its human equivalent years and for small dogs — say between 10 or 15 pounds — that number drops to 6. So you multiply by 6 to come up with its human equivalent."

Excerpted from Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable by Nicholas Dodman. Copyright 2010 by Nicholas Dodman.

Record-setting cold continues in L.A. area | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Record-setting cold continues in L.A. area L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

A frost advisory is in effect Friday morning for parts of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys as the Thanksgiving cold snap continues across Southern California.

The L.A. basin will see highs in the mid- to high-60s Friday, with the temperatures dropping into the 40s overnight, forecasters said.

Showers are possible on Saturday.

Remember, it's cold for the outdoor pooch too !

Somali-American accused of plotting to bomb Oregon tree-lighting event - CNN.com

Somali-American accused of plotting to bomb Oregon tree-lighting event - CNN.com

After enjoying their city's Christmas tree lighting, Portland, Oregon, residents felt a twinge of shock and then a rush of gratitude on Saturday when they learned that law officers foiled a plot to set off a bomb in a state the suspect says "nobody ever thinks about."

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was seized in connection with a plan to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb at the ceremony on Friday night, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamud was whisked away by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice Department said in a written statement.

Read the criminal complaint (pdf)

But the bomb turned out to be fake, thanks to an undercover operation designed to undermine the plotter. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said "the materials were not explosive," and officials said the public was never in danger from the mock device.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sherriff Joe Arpaio Tweet

RealSheriffJoe: Inmates are looking fwd to their $.08 Thanksgiving meal in jail tomorrow. (Twitter)

How can this man flaunt his stupidity !

California group pushes initiative modeled on Arizona's immigration-status law - latimes.com

California group pushes initiative modeled on Arizona's immigration-status law - latimes.com

Proponents of a California initiative modeled after Arizona's controversial immigration law may begin gathering signatures to place the measure on the ballot in 2012, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Tuesday.

The measure would require state and local law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of anyone they lawfully stop and "reasonably" suspect may be in the country illegally. It would also make it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work while concealing their legal status and for employers to "intentionally or negligently" hire them.

Initiative proponent Michael Erickson would need to collect signatures from 433,971 registered voters by April 21, 2011, to qualify it for the ballot. If it is validated, the measure could be placed before voters in February or June of 2012.

Four steps to reduce diabetes risk - CNN.com

Four steps to reduce diabetes risk - CNN.com

Half of all Americans may be diabetic or prediabetic by 2020, a report from an insurance company warned Tuesday. That's an even bleaker projection than the Centers for Disease Control's recent estimate that one in three Americans would have diabetes by 2050.

Current rates show that about one in 10 Americans has diabetes, and the risks increase with age. Even children and teenagers are developing type 2 diabetes.

A report released this week by UnitedHealth Group showed that treating diabetes will also take up almost 10 percent of all health care spending. That 10-year price tag: $3.35 trillion.

4 keys to managing diabetes: How do you rate?
Genetics, race and family history affect a person's chances of developing diabetes, but you can take steps to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.

1. The most important thing: Lose weight
2. Watch your food's quality and quantity
3. Find support
4. Act now, before you're diabetic

"If you don't want to have diabetes and end up monitoring blood sugar, taking pills and insulin, this is the time to act," Krikorian said. "Stay active, lose weight and prevent getting the diabetes. It is preventable."

Forget Black Friday; deals are online now - CNN.com

Forget Black Friday; deals are online now - CNN.com

Kenji Onozawa went to Best Buy at 4 a.m. on Black Friday last year searching for discounts on a Blu-ray player and a netbook.

Supplies of those hot items ran out before he reached the front of the line, however, and he left the store, sleepy and disappointed, with only a "Lion King" DVD in hand. All told, he said, it was "possibly one of the most miserable experiences" he'd ever had.

This year, Onozawa has given up real-world shopping. He plans to do all his gadget buying online.
"I can shop from my bed instead of waking up at 3 a.m. to wait out in the cold for three hours to fight everybody for 20 percent off more than that," the 29-year-old said by phone from Seattle, Washington, where he lives. "All I need is ... my pillow and my iPad and I'm good. I can do all the shopping wherever I am."

While Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving in the United States -- is one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year, tech-smart consumers are increasingly turning to the internet for the best gadget deals. Last year, 84 million people in the United States went online from mid-November to mid-December to shop for gift items, which was up 12 percent over the year before, according to comScore, a company that tracks online traffic.

10 Things to Teach Your Children About a New Pet - Paw Nation

10 Things to Teach Your Children About a New Pet - Paw Nation

If you're a parent, you've probably heard pleas from your kids to get a family pet. And while bringing a new animal into the family can be rewarding, fun and exciting, there can be a steep learning curve when the pet first arrives.

What To Teach Your Children:

1. Be gentle and calm.
2. Understand that the dog or cat isn't a toy.
3. Make sure there's an adult is around when they play with the pet.
4. Respect the pet's basic needs and moods.
5. Do pet chores.
6. Treat animals the way they themselves would like to be treated.
7. Realize the new pet will be annoying at times.
8. Understand the dog or cat might play favorites.
9. Help keep the pet safe.
10. Empathize with the animal.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

World's Power Brokers Hold Annual Summit Where They Show Each Other Their Penises | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

World's Power Brokers Hold Annual Summit Where They Show Each Other Their Penises The Onion - America's Finest News Source

ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND—One hundred fifty of the world's most powerful people in the fields of politics, banking, business, and media met this past weekend at an exclusive Swiss resort for the 54th annual invitation-only summit where they show each other their penises.

This year's meeting was chaired by a committee that included Rupert Murdoch, former U.S. national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, oil heir David H. Koch, and Japanese finance minister Yoshihiko Noda, all of whom presided over the traditional penis-showing ceremony that has for decades been a banner event for the most influential international power brokers.

U.S. Corporate Profits Rose in Third Quarter - NYTimes.com

U.S. Corporate Profits Rose in Third Quarter - NYTimes.com

The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.

American businesses earned profits at an annual rate of $1.66 trillion in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. That is the highest figure recorded since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago, at least in nominal or non-inflation-adjusted terms.

Corporate profits have been going gangbusters for a while. Since their cyclical low in the fourth quarter of 2008, profits have grown for seven consecutive quarters, at some of the fastest rates in history.

This breakneck pace can be partly attributed to strong productivity growth — which means companies have been able to make more with less — as well as the fact that some of the profits of American companies come from abroad. Economic conditions in the United States may still be sluggish, but many emerging markets like India and China are expanding rapidly.

Deflation (Economics) News - The New York Times

Deflation (Economics) News - The New York Times

Everybody likes low prices. But deflation, the falling of prices throughout an economy, is not a good thing. It only enters the picture in bad times, as a threat to make things worse.

While inflation erodes the value of money, which progressively buys less and less per unit, deflation makes money worth more. That makes people and businesses less likely to spend it -- consumers because they expect even better deals if they wait, and businesses because it's less profitable to produce goods or services that will bring a lower real return. These factors can feed on each other to produce a downward economic spiral, as happened in the Great Depression.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Warren Buffett Tells ABC Rich People Should Pay Higher Taxes - Bloomberg

Warren Buffett Tells ABC Rich People Should Pay Higher Taxes - Bloomberg

Billionaire Warren Buffett said that rich people should pay more in taxes and that Bush-era tax cuts for top earners should be allowed to expire at the end of December.

“If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further,” Buffett said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour” that is scheduled to air on Nov. 28. “But I think that people at the high end -- people like myself -- should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”

“The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we’ll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you,” Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said in the interview. “But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

What the Secret Donors Want - NYTimes.com

According to tax records unearthed by Bloomberg News, the health insurance lobby secretly gave $86.2 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009 to try to prevent the health care bill from becoming law. The huge contribution — 40 percent of the chamber’s spending for that year — allowed the group to run ads against the bill without tainting the insurance industry, which was negotiating with Democrats on the bill at the same time.

This year, the chamber raised nearly $33 million in secret donations for political ads in the midterm elections, almost all of which was used to elect Republicans who have vowed to repeal the health care law. Did some of that money come, once again, from health insurance companies that were unwilling to attach their names to their contributions? It’s a logical assumption, but only the donors and the chamber know for sure.

And that’s the problem with secret political donations, which played such a large role in the elections earlier this month. They cast a shadow of doubt and distrust over a huge field, raising questions about who is covertly pushing which bill and supporting which candidate, and for which self-serving purposes. Lobbying and political contributions can be perfectly legitimate practices, but only when the public can see who is pulling the strings.

Arguments to take place in Oklahoma over ban on Islamic law in courts - CNN.com

Arguments to take place in Oklahoma over ban on Islamic law in courts - CNN.com

A federal judge will hear arguments Monday on a temporary restraining order against an Oklahoma referendum that would ban the use of Islamic religious law in state courts.

Oklahoma voters approved the amendment during the November elections by a 7-3 ratio. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations challenged the measure as a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order November 8 that will keep state election officials from certifying that vote.

"What this amendment is going to do is officially disfavor and condemn the Muslim community as being a threat to Oklahoma," Muneer Awad, executive director of CAIR's Oklahoma chapter and the lead plaintiff in the suit, said earlier this month. In addition, he said, the amendment would invalidate private documents, such as wills, that are written in compliance with Muslim law.

The amendment would require Oklahoma courts to "rely on federal and state law when deciding cases" and "forbids courts from considering or using" either international law or Islamic religious law, known as Sharia, which the amendment defined as being based on the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.

Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding - CNN.com

Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding - CNN.com

The developer behind the controversial Islamic community center and mosque planned for Lower Manhattan has requested federal funding through the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to support the project known as Park51.

The funding would come from money the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to help rebuild the neighborhood after the 9/11 attacks.

"Park51 has applied for a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation grant," said Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of SOHO Properties, the developer behind the Islamic center. In a statement, El-Gamal said the money would "in part fund social service programs such as domestic violence programs, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services."

An online report said Park51 had requested $5 million, but neither the developer nor LMDC board members would confirm that amount.

The LMDC plans to decide how to allocate the $17 million "towards the end of the first quarter of next year," said Menin.

Park51 has yet to raise significant funds for the community center located two blocks north of Ground Zero, a project that could cost $100-million.


I can't believe the cojones on these guys. Insult to injury, they NEVER get enough and never will. Knock it down, kill, maim, wait till we clean it up and then get US to help pay for THEIR construction on OUR hallowed ground? THAT hurts - a lot, and if we actually give these guys money to put up ... more

Maybe I don't have enough faith in my fellow Americans, and maybe I'm just being a negative person, or playing devil's advocate, but I think this is really going to be too much for some people to take. A lot of folks are already upset and insulted about this thing being built here.

Saturday Night Live - Message from TSA - Video - NBC.com

Saturday Night Live - Message from TSA - Video - NBC.com

Feds: More than 6,600 hate crime incidents in 2009 - CNN.com

Feds: More than 6,600 hate crime incidents in 2009 - CNN.com

There were 6,604 criminal incidents characterized as hate crimes reported in the United States in 2009, according to an FBI report release Monday.

The incidents involved 7,789 offenses resulting at least in part from bias toward a person's race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or disability, the report said.

Almost half of the incidents were motivated by racial discrimination, while almost one in five were based on religion. Nearly 19 percent of the crimes were due to a person's sexual orientation.

Sixty-two percent of the known offenders were white, the report concluded. Almost 19 percent were African-American.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Border Fence: Steven Seagal Joins Immigration Wars - The Daily Beast

Border Fence: Steven Seagal Joins Immigration Wars - The Daily Beast

America’s Toughest Sheriff swore in his new “illegal immigration posse” this week. And Latino activists, already rubbed raw by Arizona’s controversial new law criminalizing unauthorized migrants, are once again crying foul—arguing the posse could instill a menacing Minutemen mentality, as one advocate put it, and encourage posse members to go “hunting Mexicans.”

The group of mostly middle-aged or older white men dressed in brown uniforms with gold badges will assist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies in such duties as “transporting illegal immigrants arrested for potential immigration violations,” “crowd control during demonstrations against the sheriff’s immigration policies” and “searching for load vehicles and drop houses.”

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Los Angeles Mexican Food: Spanglicious Restaurants#s185294

Los Angeles Mexican Food: Spanglicious Restaurants#s185294

Casa Vega, El Cholo, El Conquistador, El Coyote Cafe, El Tepeyac Cafe, LA Magazine, LA Restaurants, Mexican Food Los Angeles, Mucho Mas, Slidepollajax, Tito's Tacos

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Sure, that's processed cheese on your beans, but these old-school spots have melted our hearts as well.
To see the rest of the list and more of the best of Los Angeles, check out Los Angeles Magazine.

Carole Bayer Sager: Dancing With the Tea Party

Carole Bayer Sager: Dancing With the Tea Party

What all of this means regarding how the votes are counted on DWTS is far less important about what this might be telling us about the future of our country and the power of Sarah Palin.

Yes, this is only a television show but I hope the Democratic Party is taking notice.

The Carl Rove School of Politics has much to teach us. Stay on point, hammer home the message, (truth or fiction) and get your people to the polls.

Whether one is voting for a television candidate or a political one, those of us not glued to Fox News need to Wake up and Show up if we care about our candidates and our party.

Elections can be stolen when enough people deliver the same message; much the same as choosing finalists on television.

Argentina’s Napa Valley - NYTimes.com

Argentina’s Napa Valley - NYTimes.com

THE sunlight sliced through the clear glass of the gazebo-like restaurant at Familia Zuccardi, one of dozens of wineries located in the small town of Maipú, just outside the city of Mendoza, Argentina. The purple-red malbec and torrontés grapevines glistened in the early afternoon sun. Inside, a waitress poured us chardonnay as bread sticks and an appetizer of ham ravioli arrived. She brought a different chardonnay for the cannelloni filled with sweetbread. Then a hearty malbec, Argentina’s signature wine, accompanied the main course of baby goat rolls filled with sun-dried tomatoes and aubergine.

winery-hopping in Mendoza — Latin America’s largest winemaking region. Situated some 600 miles west of Buenos Aires, the province is home to more than 800 wineries, about 100 of which actively receive tourists. And as Argentine wine exports continue to grow by 25 percent a year, this 57,000-square-mile area is drawing not only more tourists, but also vintners, who see in Mendoza the same charm and potential that propelled more established wine regions decades ago.

“Mendoza is Napa 30 or 40 years ago,” said Michael Evans, a former Democratic campaign strategist from Washington, D.C., who moved to Mendoza six years ago to go into the wine business.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Twitsper, Group Tweeting App, Could Change Twitter As We Know It

Twitsper, Group Tweeting App, Could Change Twitter As We Know It

For those who use Twitter, ever think to yourself I only want this tweet visible to a small group of people? I just want this subset of followers to see it? Sounds like a dream, right?

Beyond tagging multiple people through the 1-to-1 @ mention system, there's no way to do that right now. But it could soon be a reality.

If Twitter itself doesn't create this feature, a group of academics in southern California is already on it.
Guided by professors at University of California-Riverside, computer science and engineering PhD students Indrajeet Singh (@itsInder) and Michael Butkiewicz (@mikebutki) built Twitsper for private group tweeting.

The open-source app is only available to Android mobile phone users at the moment, but that is set to change.

"Over the next few months, we plan to port our implementation for use on other mobile phones, on desktops, and from the web," Harsha Madhyastha, one of two professors overseeing the project

No lame-duck DREAM Act - Washington Times

No lame-duck DREAM Act - Washington Times

Normally, when someone has been fired from a job, he or she is required to pack up all belongings and vacate the premises by the end of the day.

That person is no longer accountable and may no longer act in the best interests of the employer.

On Election Day, the American people issued pink slips to dozens of members of Congress and sent a clear vote of no-confidence in the party that has been in power for the past two years. But, because the mass firings do not take effect until noon on Jan. 3, defeated and retiring members of Congress remain on the job with essentially no accountability to their constituents.

Angry people and spiteful politicians......this is not good !

King's Plan To Overturn Birthright Citizenship

Sarah Palin Book 'America By Heart' Hits Obama (ADVANCE EXCERPTS)

Sarah Palin Book 'America By Heart' Hits Obama (ADVANCE EXCERPTS)

(Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don't share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They seem to regard people who believe in God and regularly attend their church or synagogue as alien beings, people who are "largely poor, uneducated and easy to command," as the Washington Post once famously put it.")

(Today's self-proclaimed feminists have (more than once) accused me of not being a "real woman" because I don't share their leftist views. (The same sort of insults are hurled at black conservatives like Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell who don't view themselves primarily as victims of racism.) But it's actually the liberal women's groups that have little in common with the majority of American women.)

(A European movie might have had Juno get her abortion in the opening scene and then spend the next hour and fifteen minutes smoking cigarettes and pondering the meaning of life. It would have been depressing and boring. Not here. Americans want to be entertained, but we also want to see people do the right thing, even when it's hard and there is no prospect of being rewarded. Hooray for some in Hollywood for occasionally letting us see that.)

(Had I listened to those who suggested it would be political suicide to hand the Governor's reigns over to my lieutenant governor entering my lame duck last year in office -- a choice I made so that I could fight for Alaska, and America, more effectively in a different venue -- then my state would have suffered from the obstruction and paralysis of my office by the politically motivated attacks that began the day I was announced as the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.

Had I listened to the politicos even some within my own political action committee) and shied away from endorsing candidates I knew were best for America -- people such as Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, Doug Hoffman, Joe Miller and Karen Handel -- I wouldn't have been using my position in the best interests of the country I love.)

Interesting tweet I got

jorgeramosnews: Was it really necessary to handcuff a 9-year-old in San Diego just because she is an undocumented student? I can't believe

TGIF...Don't know about you, but I've been cooped up to long !

A little Latin beat !

With All Disrespect, Mr. President - NYTimes.com

With All Disrespect, Mr. President - NYTimes.com

There was supposed to be a bipartisan summit at the White House on Thursday, but only the Democrats showed up. The Republican leadership of the House and Senate somehow couldn’t find any time in their schedules to meet with the president of the United States. If this is what cooperation and mutual respect is going to look like over the next two years, then settle in for more trench warfare and far less progress.

It has been more than two weeks since President Obama issued a postelection invitation for Congressional leaders to join him for dinner on Nov. 18 to discuss “how we can move the American people’s agenda forward.” Republicans left him hanging, refusing to commit to a date even as the office of Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said he was encouraged that the president wanted to discuss areas of agreement.

On Wednesday, the Republicans, led by Mr. McConnell, said they just didn’t have the time. They had discovered there was so much to do — new members to welcome and lots of other unspecified details. Besides, they said, the president should have asked for a mutually agreeable date instead of just inviting them. So the meeting was pushed back until Nov. 30.

As the Republicans know, that means less time to work out important compromises in the remaining lame-duck session on crucial issues like taxes, the nuclear arms treaty with Russia and extending unemployment insurance. So far, in fact, there has been zero interest in actual compromise on any of those issues, despite extended hands from the White House.

On Thursday, House Republicans blocked a bill that would extend long-term unemployment insurance past the holidays.

Beyond the practical implications of this rudeness, there is an increasingly obvious lack of respect for the president and the presidency, with Republicans interpreting their electoral victory as a mandate to act with hubris.

What Will the Rich Do With Their Tax Cuts? - The Wealth Report - WSJ

What Will the Rich Do With Their Tax Cuts? - The Wealth Report - WSJ

Outgoing Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, the firebrand Democrat, gave an entertaining presentation on the House floor recently explaining what the rich would do with their “Bush tax cuts.”

Rep. Grayson’s flip-board show ended up sounding more like a holiday gift guide for millionaires.

According to Mr. Grayson, who lost his bid for re-election, the top 1% of American earners will receive an average “tax cut” (though it is actually a nonincrease) of $83,347 each. He says the rich could use the money to buy each of the following, every year:

* A Mercedes Benz E-Class–cost $83,000. He said the tax cuts would allow the rich to buy a new one every year and give their old one away. “Not just once. But every year for the next decade, they would have enough money to buy a Mercedes Benz.”

* Hermes Birkin Bag — cost $64,800.

* A bottle of 1787 Chateau d’Yquem, which would still leave $25,000 of loose change in their pocket.”

* Grey Poupon. “They could buy 20,000 jars of their favorite mustard,” he said.

* Cigars. They could buy “800 luxury cigars and light each one with a $100 bill.” They afford to do this twice a day, he says.

Mr. Grayson, of course, is trading on stereotypes. But his analysis reflects one of the core contradictions of the Democratic Party’s view of tax cuts. On the one hand, Democrats say the rich will simply hoard their tax cut, rather than spending them in ways that would help the economy. Now on the other hand, they say the rich will go on a shopping spree for Birkin bags and mustard.

Unemployment benefits cutoff: Idled workers need a hand - latimes.com

Unemployment benefits cutoff: Idled workers need a hand - latimes.com

Washington is poised to stop providing extended unemployment benefits despite the huge number of laid-off workers, the paucity of job openings, the high rate of underemployment in every sector of the economy and stubbornly slow economic growth. That's because Republicans in the Senate insist that, unlike the hefty tax cuts they covet for the wealthy, the comparatively slender subsidies for the unemployed must not be financed with borrowed money.

This penuriousness is not just hypocritical, it's bad economics.

Your baby can save a life - CNN.com

Your baby can save a life - CNN.com

When Leidy Sanchez and her husband, Carlos Reyes, went to the hospital last week to deliver their baby, a nurse got her a gown, hooked her up to a fetal monitor and asked an unexpected question: Would they like to donate cells from their baby's umbilical cord blood to a public bank?

"We said, 'For real, people are doing this?' " says Sanchez. "We'd never heard of it."

The couple had heard of private banking, where you pay thousands of dollars to store your baby's cord blood cells, but this was different. The stem cells from Christopher's umbilical cord would be stored, free of charge, at a public bank for potentially anyone in need of a stem cell transplant for leukemia, sickle cell anemia or dozens of other diseases.

It didn't take Sanchez and Reyes long to say yes.

"We felt good that we could save a life," Sanchez says.

But what about if, heaven forbid, their baby Christopher were to need those cells later in life? They might still be there for him, but then again they might have been given away to someone else.

"I don't think he'll need them. Hopefully, he'll be healthy," Sanchez says. "But we know there could be someone out there who needs these cells right now."

"If people donated to public banks instead of private ones, many, many lives could be saved," says Dr. Andromachi Scaradavou, medical director of the National Cord Blood Program.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heads Up, Turkeys: CHP Planning Thanksgiving Crackdown - LAist

Heads Up, Turkeys: CHP Planning Thanksgiving Crackdown - LAist

The California Highway Patrol hopes everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday...but warns motorists in the Golden State that the extra-long holiday weekend happens to be a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

Between 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 24th, and 11:59 p.m. Sunday November 28th, the CHP will have all available officers on the lookout for motorists who are endangering themselves or other drivers on the road. They aren't just looking for drivers who take the wheel while under the influence of a bit too much holiday libation--the CHP is looking for people speeding and not wearing seat belts, too.


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Republican Push To Defund NPR Fails (VIDEO)

Republican Push To Defund NPR Fails (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON -- The Republican campaign to take away all federal funding from National Public Radio (NPR) was over before it began, with GOP lawmakers' procedural trick to force a vote on the issue failing on Thursday. It was the first GOP-ordered House vote since the election.

Full List - The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century - TIME

Full List - The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century - TIME

Leading Ladies
Jane Addams (1860-1935)
Corazon Aquino (1933-2009)
Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
Julia Child (1912-2004)
Hillary Clinton (1947-Present)
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Aretha Franlkin (1942-Present)
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
Estée Lauder (1908-2004)
Madonna (1958-Present)
Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
Golda Meir (1898-1978)
Angela Merkel (1954-Present)
Sandra Day O'Connor (1930-Present)
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
Jiang Qing (1914-1991)
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)
Gloria Steinem (1934-Present)
Martha Stewart (1941-Present)
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
Margaret Thatcher (1925-Present)
Oprah Winfrey (1954-Present)
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Pssst !...Mr Prez, it's time to bust a move !!!

Jason Lee (NY Times)

Arizona Law Said to Harm Convention Businesses - NYTimes.com

Arizona Law Said to Harm Convention Businesses - NYTimes.com

The state’s convention business as a whole is down $45 million this year, hurt by controversy over the state’s immigration crackdown that went into effect over the summer, according to a study to be released Thursday.

Spinoff effects bring economic losses into the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the study, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group in Washington. Potential future effects of fewer convention bookings could mean Arizona will receive an overall hit of more than $750 million, the study said.

The center, which opposes Arizona’s hard-line approach to illegal immigration, hired Elliott D. Pollack & Company, a respected Arizona economic consulting firm, to estimate how much the state would be likely to lose when it comes to conventions. The purpose was to send a message to the other states considering Arizona-style immigration crackdowns.

U.N. adds French food and flamenco to heritage list - CNN

U.N. adds French food and flamenco to heritage list - CNN

A United Nations committee added Spanish flamenco and French gastronomy to a list of "intangible heritages" that need preservation, a spokeswoman for the world body said Wednesday.
The additions were among 51 items added to a list that highlights elements needing protection amid globalization and urbanization.
The items were from 29 countries

Marine Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke Jr. Memorial Act « The Washington Independent

Marine Sgt. Michael H. Ferschke Jr. Memorial Act « The Washington Independent

An interesting, albeit limited, bill passed the House yesterday to change part of immigration law to recognize proxy marriages involving military service members in immigration proceedings. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote, was created to help one woman: the Japanese widow of a Marine who died in Iraq

Hmmm....veery interesting !

KFC offers $20,000 college scholarship for best tweet - CNN.com

KFC offers $20,000 college scholarship for best tweet - CNN.com

Restaurant chain KFC has launched a scholarship campaign that aims to keep it short and "tweet."
The chain is running a scholarship contest using microblogging site Twitter to reach out to a younger generation. Applicants use 140 characters or less to explain why they deserve the $20,000 scholarship.
High school seniors have until November 26 to enter the contest

Landmark terrorism trial ends in acquittal on all but 1 count - CNN.com

Landmark terrorism trial ends in acquittal on all but 1 count - CNN.com

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was acquitted Wednesday of all but one count of conspiracy-related charges in a landmark civilian trial involving the first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in civilian court.

Ghailani was convicted by a federal jury on a charge of conspiracy to destroy buildings and U.S. property in connection with his role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

The trial had been widely considered a testing ground for the Obama administration, which has said that it could try some terrorism suspects outside military tribunals and in civilian courts.

Ghailani's lawyer, Peter Quijano, said Wednesday's verdict was "a reaffirmation that this nation's judicial system is the greatest ever devised."

U.S. motorcycle missionaries attacked in Haiti - CNN.com

U.S. motorcycle missionaries attacked in Haiti - CNN.com

The Christian Motorcyclists Association came to Haiti to distribute motorcycles to pastors. Instead, angry Haitians, some of them on motorbikes, ended up attacking the 11 American missionaries when they tried to flee this city aboard a big, yellow bus.

"We almost made it out of town," team member Terry Gibson told CNN in a phone call after his team survived the attack unharmed.

Until Wednesday morning, Gibson and his fellow volunteers had been holed up in a hotel on a hilltop overlooking Cap-Haitien, after demonstrators put up networks of barricades through the streets and began attacking the bases of United Nations peacekeepers with rocks, bottles and petrol bombs. The demonstrators have accused peacekeepers of starting the cholera outbreak.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pablo Alvarado: Is Obama an Accomplice in Arizona's Human Rights Crisis?

Pablo Alvarado: Is Obama an Accomplice in Arizona's Human Rights Crisis?

Up until now, the rancid anti-immigrant atmosphere created by Republicans has left the president free to triangulate his position on the issue. As long as the administration shows a hair's width more compassion, the Democrats assume they've secured the Latino vote.

One place that assumption will be put to the test is in Maricopa County, Arizona. In the state that codified discrimination this Spring and most recently banned affirmative action as of the elections, the administration appears to be talking from both sides of his mouth.

On one hand, President Obama took the politically courageous (if not constitutionally obligatory) step to file suit in Arizona against SB 1070.

On other hand, he has massively ramped up the very policies which created the political conditions for 1070's passage in the first place. Most significantly, he has failed to reign in Joe Arpaio -- a Sheriff who now puts the US on the map with human rights offenders from far corners of the world.

Is Obama an accomplice to Arpaio?

What was once considered federal inaction may now look like federal intention.

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Budget cuts stop Phoenix man from getting new liver - USATODAY.com

Budget cuts stop Phoenix man from getting new liver - USATODAY.com

PHOENIX — A liver-disease patient missed his opportunity for an organ transplant Tuesday, becoming the most dire example yet of an Arizonan denied life-saving medical care because of budget cuts to the state's health-care system for the poor.

Of the about 100 Arizonans enrolled in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System who are awaiting transplants no longer covered, 60 of them are candidates like Felix with liver disease related to hepatitis C. Transplant is their only cure.

Last month, Goodyear, Ariz., leukemia patient Mark Price became a poster child for the impact of the budget cuts after his doctor found donors who matched his bone marrow a day after Price lost coverage. Price's story gained attention nationally and an anonymous donor later covered all costs for his surgery.

Welcome to Arizona, where we pack'em, round them up and currently working on eliminating poverty !

Robert Scheer: The Man Who Shattered Our Economy

Robert Scheer: The Man Who Shattered Our Economy

Rejoice, the housing market is back. Sandy Weill just picked up a humdinger of a wine vineyard estate in Sonoma, Calif., for a record $31 million, so the foreclosure crisis -- which the former CEO of Citigroup did so much to create when he successfully lobbied then-President Bill Clinton to sign off on radical deregulation of the banking industry -- must be over.

After all, Weill wasn't desperate for shelter, already being in possession of a 14-acre estate in über-exclusive Greenwich, Conn., and a 120-acre spread in New York state's Adirondacks. Let's also not forget the penthouse that he bought for $42.4 million in New York City in 2007 as the banking collapse he helped engineer was fast developing. Not too shabby for a guy who ran Citigroup into the ground by trafficking in what proved to be toxic mortgage-based securities.

Sarah Palin Discusses Potential Presidential Run In Greatest Detail Yet

Sarah Palin Discusses Potential Presidential Run In Greatest Detail Yet

Sarah Palin is set to reveal, in what may be her most frank and clear terms yet, the necessary steps that she believes she must take in order to prepare herself for a presidential run in 2012, an undertaking that is looking increasingly likely. What's more, she spills it to the New York Times.

Palin admits to Robert Draper of the New York Times magazine that "proving my record" is "a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn't have to cross right out of the chute," according to Politico's advance look of the article.

"That's the most frustrating thing for me -- the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades," Palin continued. "It's been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have. ... I'm on television nearly every single day with reporters ... Now granted, that's mainly through my job at Fox News, and I'm very proud to be associated with them, but I'm not avoiding anything or anybody.

click on "NY Times magazine" to view interview

BBC News - US web traffic rerouted via China Telecom

BBC News - US web traffic rerouted via China Telecom

The incident, which happened for 18 minutes last April, is published in a report by the US-China Economic and Security review commission.

It found that China Telecom sent incorrect routing information, but it is not clear whether it was intentional.

It comes amid continuing discussions in the US and the UK about cyber-security.

Among traffic rerouted via China was that destined for the websites of the US Senate, the Office of the Secretary of Defence, Nasa and the Commerce Department, the report said.

"Evidence related to this incident does not clearly indicate whether it was perpetrated intentionally and, if so, to what ends," according to the draft report obtained by Reuters.

Congress’s Lame Lame Duck - Swampland - TIME.com

Congress’s Lame Lame Duck - Swampland - TIME.com

In reality, the lame duck entered like a lamb this week and looks to leave like one next month. What will they get done? The new Congress has to elect their leaders and rules – the GOP ban earmarks being the biggest news. The old Congress, still in office through the end of the year, must deal with President George W. Bush's tax cuts before they expire in January. And they'll have to pass legislation to keep funding the federal government in the new year. Virtually everything else – a list of nearly 30 bills from the DREAM Act, which would help put some children of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship, to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, to (yes) climate change and the ratification of the START nuclear nonproliferation treaty – will likely either die or get shunted to the next Congress in January. “We need to keep the lame duck simple,” said Senator Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican. “Most of our discussions will focus on making our current tax rates permanent and then, hopefully, a continuing resolution to fund the government and then we'll all go home.”

Slurpees Get Slushy As White House Summit Postponed | TPMDC

Slurpees Get Slushy As White House Summit Postponed TPMDC

At the request of Congressional Republican leaders the "Slurpee Summit," proposed by President Obama the day after the midterm elections and tentatively scheduled this Thursday, will be put off for a while.

A statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reads, "At the request of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner due to scheduling conflicts in organizing their caucuses, the President's meeting with bipartisan leaders will now take place at the White House on Tuesday, November 30th."

McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart sends over this statement: "The meeting will happen but a date is not yet set; the schedulers are working to find the best date/time to make it happen. We'll have a meeting so that we can discuss issues that Republicans have long said can be accomplished together. These include reducing spending, growing jobs through increased trade and increasing domestic energy. The Leader is encouraged that the President wants to discuss these areas of agreement."

Brace yourself people, if they have no respect for the Prez, you think they will respect the needs of "The People"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wall Street Quietly Working To Undo New Financial Rules

Wall Street Quietly Working To Undo New Financial Rules

WASHINGTON -- The heavy hitters of finance lost big battles earlier this year during the overhaul of financial regulation, but they're working hard to win the war. They're quietly trying to soften, if not kill, some of the more controversial provisions.

Lobbyists for Big Finance are working hardest to neutralize the so-called Volcker Rule, which would force big banks to spin off their lucrative proprietary trading operations, in which they invest their own capital in speculative deals.

The measure_ named after its proponent, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker -- seeks to prevent big banks from betting against trades they made on behalf of their customers, a popular practice until the financial crisis exploded in 2008. For example, big investment banks such as Goldman Sachs sold customers overvalued mortgage bonds even as they bet secretly that those bonds would default.
Read the whole story: McClatchy

Jesse Kornbluth: An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: 'The President Will Listen to You'

Jesse Kornbluth: An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: 'The President Will Listen to You'

Dear Mrs. Obama,
It seems as if everyone who cares about your husband is talking at him.

It doesn't seem as if he hears any of us.

But everything we know about your relationship suggests that he does listen to you.

So, with a sense of distress bordering on urgency, I'm using this public forum to urge you to pass on as much of this as you agree with.

My concern: For two years now, we have watched President Obama reach across the aisle, only to have his hand slapped away.

And yet he seems intent on continuing an approach that has damaged his administration and now has him cast, in the eyes of many, as weak, risk-averse and unworthy of respect.

Mrs. Obama, your husband has a better chance of killing Osama bin Laden than he does of forging a working partnership with John Boehner.

I know you've been busy with motherhood and your own projects, but even if you lived under a rock, you'd know this: You can't collaborate with people whose goal is to make you a one-term president. And it's not like it's a secret that the Republicans plan to destroy your husband's presidency -- when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked about the Republican agenda after the midterm elections, he said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." If that means blocking every bit of legislation proposed by the president or even shutting down the government, they'll do it.

Arizona: GOP lawmakers can skirt Brewer

GOP lawmakers can skirt Brewer

Here are five ways the Legislature will change as a result of this month's election results:

1. The lay of the land, Republicans, many running on the tea party dynamic of smaller government, will have a supermajority in both legislative houses.

They held 35 of the 60 House seats in 2010, and will jump to 40 next January. Their current 18-12 majority in the Senate will be extended to a 21-9 advantage next year.
That means they can override the governor if she decides to veto any legislation. They also can pass emergency enactments, meaning changes could go directly into law instead of waiting the usual 90 days.

2. Changes in Tucson districts

3. Leadership changes, The House Speaker, Kirk Adams of Mesa, will be the same, but controversial Sen. Russell Pearce will lead the upper chamber.

4. Setting the stage, Republican Sen. Frank Antenori of Tucson had hoped Pearce, an immigration lightning rod, would put aside his push for a reinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, which grants birthright citizenship, to focus on stimulating the economy and reforming the tax code.

Antenori said he feared a loss of focus if national TV cameras and protesters swoop down on the state Capitol to talk about volatile immigration measures.

"You don't want to lose focus when you're trying to explain the reason we're doing certain things is to create a pro-growth, pro-jobs economy," he said.

But in the end, Pearce agreed only to not do a final reading of any such bill until after the economic measures are off the table - which means those volatile early hearings could be waged simultaneously with complex financial discussions.

Pearce, meanwhile, boasted on television on election night that Brewer "would have to admit that if it wasn't for 1070, she wouldn't be elected."

5. A new approach to cutting government, "Does it need to be there to that degree? No. We need to determine what the core responsibility of government is, and work from there. Everything beyond that is a luxury we can't afford."

Border Patrol agent shoots illegal border crosser near Nogales

Border Patrol agent shoots illegal border crosser near Nogales

Agents in the Border Patrol’s horse patrol were working near Walker Canyon in a remote area two miles northeast of Peña Blanca Lake when they came upon 12 illegal border crossers. The group fled from the agents and one got knocked down.

Shortly after, shots were fired.

The 30-year-old was shot at least once in the abdomen. Due to the remoteness of the location, the Border Patrol had to walk him out of the rugged area to a spot where a helicopter could land.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies did not find any weapons or drugs at the scene and are still trying to figure what happened, Estrada said. The Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting hasn’t given Estrada’s deputies his account of the incident.

National Latino Leader? The Job is Open - Pew Hispanic Center

National Latino Leader? The Job is Open - Pew Hispanic Center

By their own reckoning, Latinos living in the United States do not have a national leader. When asked in an open-ended question to name the person they consider "the most important Latino leader in the country today," nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanic respondents said they did not know. An additional 10% said "no one."

The most frequently named individual was Sonia Sotomayor, appointed last year to the U.S. Supreme Court. Some 7% of respondents said she is the most important Latino leader in the country. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) of Chicago is next at 5%. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa draws 3%, and Jorge Ramos, an anchor on Noticiero Univision, the national evening news program on the Spanish-language television network Univision, drew 2%.

Illegal immigration; Latinos; GOP policy; The wrong way to deal with illegal immigration - latimes.com

Illegal immigration; Latinos; GOP policy; The wrong way to deal with illegal immigration - latimes.com

When Republicans assume control of the House in January, Rep. Steve King (R- Iowa) will become chairman of the subcommittee on immigration. His first order of business, he says, will be to pass legislation denying "birthright citizenship" to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. "I think we will have the votes in the House to put an end to the anchor babies in this country," he told the website Newsmax.com.

Can the GOP win without Latinos? In presidential races, yes, electoral experts say. And in some statewide races it can survive with a small share of the Latino vote as well.But the Latino share of the vote will continue to grow. The resurgent GOP stands at a fork in the road: It can attempt to turn anti-immigrant rhetoric into public policy, as Rep. King seems determined to do, or its leadership can quash such talk and remain a contender for more than just token Latino votes.


lgonzalez714 at 11:30 PM November 15, 2010
Its nice of the Times to offer up this friendly advice. But the truth is regardless of how helpfull it is it's destined to land on deaf ears. I mean were talking about a party that thinks (or at least many of it's members and elected offocials) the president is a muslim who was born outside of the US. They thrive on petty exclusion, are devoid of any charismatic leadership (save your breath i don't care what you say they are), and are unfriendly to anything that doesen't resemble the good ol' days. Now that the worst economic crisis occured on your watch, you can't claim the high ground on economic issues, you won't win the presidency and this "latino" would never cast a vote for your small narrow party.

Hostile Knowledge at 3:31 PM November 15, 2010
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified in 1868 and was specifically designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of newly emancipated slaves.
It was NOT created to provide illegal alien’s babies born here with automatic citizenship. When the current malodorous misuse of the 14th Amendment finally goes before the Supreme Court it will be dealt a righteous death blow.

chatmandu002 at 10:23 AM November 15, 2010
Please pass the law that would not grant citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants. Then we can take it to the Supreme Court and get a definition of what the 14th amendment really says. There was nothing "enshrined" about anchor babies into the 14th Amendment.

Texas firm recalls turkey breast products - CNN.com

Texas firm recalls turkey breast products - CNN.com

A Texas firm has recalled about 2,600 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast products because they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease.

The products subject to recall are:

-- 1-pound packages of New Braunfels Smokehouse Sliced Smoked Turkey, with the package code "2210" on the label.

-- 4- to 6-pound packages of New Braunfels Honey-Glazed Spiral Sliced Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Boneless Breast of Turkey, with the package code "2180" on the label.

-- 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of Stegall Boneless Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, with the package code "2210" on the label.

-- 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of Stegall Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, with the package codes "2180" or "2210" on the label.

Each package bears the USDA mark of inspection and the number "P-975" inside the mark of inspection.

The items were produced on August 4.

California court rules illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuition - CNN.com

California court rules illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuition - CNN.com

The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision reversed a ruling by the state Court of Appeals and allowed the state's higher education institutions to continue their policy of allowing certain unlawful immigrants to pay in-state rates. The lower court had ruled that such immigrants, even if they lived and studied in California, should be treated as "nonresidents" when it came to how much they paid to go to these schools.

The Supreme Court decision addressed federal laws, which appeared to restrict some education-related benefits for illegal immigrants

Lame duck Congress convenes - CNN

Lame duck Congress convenes - CNN

The so-called "lame duck" session of the Democratic Congress convened Monday, with members preparing to make decisions on a host of contentious issues that could have major political ramifications for both President Barack Obama and the incoming Republican House majority.